We had fresh green beans last night. Matthew picked them from the garden, I cleaned them and lightly cooked them in butter. They were the best green beans I have ever had. Not rubbery, chewy or just yucky! If you can get your hands on some fresh green beans, you must try them!
Hannah just turned two on August 23rd. She is the best, little, sweetie! We can’t imagine life without her now. She’s full of life, joy and energy and loves to cuddle and please. We adore you little Hannah. We’re so happy God put you in this family with us. We look forward to the years ahead with you.
I have never used real vanilla before. We received this from Matthew’s brother Mark last Christmas. It has been calling me to use it. So, I decided to make a “real” homemade cake with “real” vanilla, butter and all that good stuff.
The finished product. I had to cook it in a pie dish as I am in need of a cake pan. It was heavenly. I put little, colorful sprinkles on the kid’s cake. They ate it all gone! I will make this again. Nothing like making cake from scratch. I can’t go back to the box after this one. Happy birthday Hannah. You bring joy to our lives. We can’t say enough about you.
They are only around for a couple of weeks or so, so we got to pickin!
I wish I had birthdays like this as a child!
It had it’s lets say, laxative effect on all of them.
Here’s our plum jam. Matthew canned the plums into a jam. It is one of the most delicious jams we have ever tasted. A friend of mine in Maine suggested marinating chicken in it. Ooh, that’s sounds yummy. I would love to try this on homemade pancakes or english muffins.
Once a week Matthew takes ALL of the kids for 3 hours in the morning and I do the favor in turn once a week for 3 hours. We get a lot done in this time… and the kids who are with the one parent have lots and lots of fun!
Last week Matthew painted Hannah’s wall as the kids had torn the wallpaper on it over the past couple of years – it wasn’t the prettiest sight. So, I decided to try a campground/State park an hour away.
to Washington state yet can see the beauty here in the summer.
is from our storm in December 2007.
Here is another money saver as well as delicious… Our homemade refried beans. I just fill a pot about 1/3 with beans and fill with lots of water. Let simmer for several hours until the beans are soft. I then add some salt and some monteray jack cheese and mash up with my wisk to desired consistency.